I've never really done much with Instagram, except be vaguely baffled by it. Hopefully, that will change. A couple years ago, my partner's uncle passed away (cancer is a bitch.) In addition to being a really awesome person, Gethyn had spent years and years cultivating a wonderful SFF book collection of around 4000 physical volumes... Continue Reading →
How NOT to open a novel.
Here is an abbreviated list of hoops that a trade published book often jumps through (apologies to those for whom this familiar); finishing agent querying pitch to publishers request & first reads second reads acquisitions (itself a multi-stage process) offer & contract negotiations At every stage the book can die. For writing, it might never... Continue Reading →
I wrote this as part of a general info post for a Facebook group I'm in. The level I’ve aimed at is introductory, so my apologies to those who are already well into the querying trenches; you can probably skip this. ### Basic Query Structure Info The query should be about a page in length,... Continue Reading →
A random tea-related rant from a couple years ago that I wanted to salvage before closing down my previous FB profile. It also happens to rhyme. You’re welcome 😛 FYI, the original version was written on paper, and pinned meaningfully to the cupboard. *** My dear Gareth Dean I cannot help but observe The vast tons of... Continue Reading →
I remember greedily hunting down as many of these kinds of stories as possible when querying for the first time, so perhaps someone else will find my data points useful. Warning: this is a little bit long and has some of my usual swearing.
About this time last year, I started trying to figure out how to write short stories (inspired in no small part by reading Darby Harn's short fiction via Absolute Write.) I wanted to know they worked, how the fit together, how writers managed to put complete arcs in such low word counts. Since last July,... Continue Reading →
Two full requests out with two different publishers. Not quite a year since I decided to start writing and Finish That Book--this is amazing progress, and I'm really happy. I have yet to hear back from Cornerstones--they may also provide me with more options. I am pretty confident at least one of these three routes... Continue Reading →
I have a growing hatred of active voice at all costs mantra. It started with betas - not all of them, and always well-meaning - correcting my writing into active voice, but to the point where the sentences were sometimes bizarre or downright unreadable (e.g., missing verbs entirely). Lately, I find myself rebelliously writing in... Continue Reading →
Dear Mrs. Voigt, I am writing to you in the hopes of being able to express how much I cherish your Kingdom series, in particular the third book, The Wings of a Falcon. I first read Falcon when I was eleven, in a small and recently-established private school in Hong Kong. (We had... Continue Reading →
There's very little left to do for sections 1-3. Even my paid editor isn't making sweeping changes, and my betas are only doing tweak corrections as they go. And now, today, since my kids are sick and the baby's slept almost the entire day, I've somehow managed to complete a rough draft for the entirety... Continue Reading →